James DeClerck

James DeClerck


  • Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, Formula SAE Enterprise
  • PhD, Michigan Technological University


Dr. James De Clerck is a Professor of Practice in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Technological University. He earned BS, MS and PhD degrees from Michigan Tech, receiving his PhD in Engineering Mechanics in 1991.

Prior to joining the Michigan Tech faculty in 2009, Jim was a Project Design Engineer at the General Motors Noise and Vibration Center where he worked on improving vehicle noise and vibration performance at every stage of the vehicle development process. Jim led the development and implementation of new vibration analysis and testing technology. He also developed techniques for establishing design performance requirements and for validating analytical model predictions.

Michigan Tech Racing Formula SAE

Jim is a former advisor for the Michigan Tech Formula SAE Team. Jim is an instructor for MEP 3, MEP 4, System Dynamics, Vibrations, Machine Design, and Analytical Vibro-Acoustics classes.   His areas of expertise include noise and vibration, structural dynamics, design, modal analysis, model validation, inverse methods applied to design, and advanced measurement techniques.

Jim is a member of SAE and SEM and is former President of the Society for Experimental Mechanics.

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Noise and Vibration
  • Model Validation
  • Modal Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics

Research Interests

  • Model Validation
  • Digital Data Processing
  • Robust Engineering
  • Noise and Vibration
  • System Design

Office Hours

  • by appointment